- The Lions are itching to unleash the Tshituka brothers, Vince and Emmanuel, in Saturday’s assembly with the Bulls.
- The 2 siblings each left indelible marks on the native recreation final season when it comes to their explosiveness and physicality.
- Youthful Emmanuel will make his senior debut and earned rave evaluations as a lock in a profitable Beneath-21 marketing campaign in 2020.
If the movement of the sport permits for it, the Lions will unleash a set of brothers that took the native recreation by storm final season – the Tshitukas.
Vince and Emmanuel are each within the match-23 for his or her facet’s Rainbow Cup SA opener in opposition to the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday and would ideally be eager to play alongside one another.
Nonetheless, given the siblings’ related builds, it would not be stunning if the youthful Emmanuel replaces his large brother.
Nonetheless, the true triumph right here is that the 2 males are nicely on their means in the direction of leaving sizeable marks on the home circuit.
Twenty-two-year-old Vince was a revelation at senior degree in 2020/21, notably within the Currie Cup the place he managed to mix his big work ethic on defence and tempo with newfound grunt within the collisions.
Vince Tshituka (Gallo Pictures)
A degree decrease, Emmanuel wreaked related havoc within the Lions’ march in the direction of the ultimate of the Beneath-21 Championship.
The 20-year-old earned rave evaluations after being shifted to lock by head coach Mziwakhe Nkosi, the place he proved a real enforcer within the custom of the No 4 jersey.
Nkosi was so impressed that he gleefully said his star ahead was one of the best second rower within the competitors.
“I do not assume his expertise was ever unsure, however he was nonetheless a bit uncooked when he left faculty. He is grown tremendously over the previous two years,” the previous SA Colleges mentor instructed Sport24 final 12 months.
Clearly on the identical web page, Ivan van Rooyen, the Lions’ senior head coach, is simply as excited.
“The Tshitukas are blessed with nice athletic genes,” he stated with a wry chuckle.
“Each males are unbelievable athletes. And the nice factor is that they are nonetheless fairly younger of their bodily growth, so that they’re solely going to get larger, stronger, fitter and quicker.”
Requested about Emmanuel’s particular traits, Van Rooyen paid him the complement of being a doppelganger to Vince.
“Emmanuel can be an actual powerful nut,” he stated.
“He is thrilling with ball in hand and actually bodily on defence. It is his first senior cap and should it’s one among many in an superior profession.
“We’re actually wanting ahead to getting him on. The power these two would deliver when it comes to work ethic can be great, that is why it could be nice in the event that they fed off one another.”
Kick-off is at 19:00 on Saturday.
15 James Verity-Amm, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Marco Jansen van Vuren, 12 Cornal Hendricks, 11 Stravino Jacobs, 10 Chris Smith, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Elrigh Louw, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Janko Swanepoel, 3 Mornay Smith, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Gerhard Steenekamp
Substitutes (from): 16 Joe van Zyl, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Jacques van Rooyen, 19 Walt Steenkamp, 20 Arno Botha, 21 Zak Burger, 22 Morne Steyn, 23 David Kriel 24 Jan-Hendrik Wessels, 25 Reinhardt Ludwig, 26 Tim Agaba, 27 Diego Appollis
15 Tiaan Swanepoel, 14 Stean Pienaar, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Dan Kriel (captain), 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Andre Warner, 8 Francke Horn, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 MJ Pelser, 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 PJ Botha, 1 Sti Sithole
Substitutes: 16 Morne Brandon, 17 Nathan McBeth, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Reinhard Nothnagel, 20 Emmanuel Tshituka, 21 Sibusiso Sangweni, 22 Morne van den Berg, 23 EW Viljoen